A years-long drought in the West has hit the largest beef-producing states hard. Right now, there are the fewest numbers of cattle in Texas in over six decades, and the price of beef is near an all-time high across the nation. While you might be priced out of that daily filet mignon, there are other, less-requested cuts that are just as delicious – and a lot less expensive. We talked to Bill Cavanaugh, production manager at Fleisher's butcher shop in Brooklyn, New York to help us find the best, high-quality bargains in meat.
Fleisher's calls this cut "Faux Hanger," but everywhere else you'll have to ask for bavette. What will you get? A mimic of hanger steak's beefy richness that's perfect seasoned, seared, and sliced on taco night. "There's not a ton on the animal, but for the money, it's one of the best cuts," Cavanaugh said. If you can't find it, flat iron makes a great alternative. You can also try Thomas Keller's recipe for bavette au jus.
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